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Health and Family Services Cabinet
Public Health Asks for Input for Maternal and Child Health Programs

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 11, 2009  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3325 and 4012  


Forums to be held around the state
 
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), in collaboration with local health departments, will host 11 Maternal and Child Health community forums to gather input from state and local government, education, health care, private industry and other interested individuals. 

Participants will discuss the economic and societal impact of health, including the oral, physical and mental health of mothers and children. Health officials are seeking input on local initiatives, gaps and ways that local communities can partner with government and the private sector to implement strategies to increase the health status of mothers and children. 

  “Our maternal and child health programs are a vital piece of our health care infrastructure and have helped countless mothers and children,” said DPH Commissioner William Hacker, M.D. “We are asking communities to help us shape the future of these programs, whether it’s identifying areas that need focus or simply tweaking already existing programs. Your input is valued and an integral piece to improving Kentucky’s health status.”

People interested in attending a forum may register at  https://apps.chfs.ky.gov/GenRegistration/ClassConf.aspx?AGY=6. The statewide events will take place at the following times and locations:

─ Louisville: 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, Hotel Louisville Downtown

─ Maysville: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26, Mason County Health Department

─ Elizabethtown: 1 to 4 p.m., Monday, April 6, Lincoln Trail District Health Department

─ Somerset: 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, Lake Cumberland District Health Department

─ Lexington: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 30, Northeast Christian Church

─ Hazard: 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 5, Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky

─ Burlington: 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 7, Boone County Main Library

─ Paducah: 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 11, Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center

─ Ashland: 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 14, First Christian Church

─ Owensboro: 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 19, River Park Center

─ Bowling Green: 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 21, First Christian Church

Every five years, state health departments must conduct a statewide needs assessment to include in their Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant Applications. A goal of the assessment is to strengthen partnerships and collaborative efforts at federal, state and local levels. DPH will use the information gathered to determine what health issues are important throughout the state and set priorities for program activities.

For more information or if sign language interpreter services will be needed, should contact the Division of Maternal and Child Health at (502) 564-4830.



 

Last Updated 3/11/2009